Marcilynn Burke was named dean of the University of Oregon School of Law, effective July 1. She currently serves as associate dean and associate professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center. In 2009, Burke was named deputy director for programs and policy at the Bureau of Land Management of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Later, she was acting assistant secretary for land and minerals management.
Burke’s teaching and research are in property law, land use law, and federal natural resources law. In accepting the appointment as dean, she stated that “my government work and academic focus have given me many reasons to watch what is happening at the University of Oregon School of Law. Being able to join the school in this role is exhilarating for many reasons, with working alongside such great peers topping that list. With highly ranked programs in environmental law, legal writing and dispute resolution, UO feels like a natural fit for me.”
Burke is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she majored in international studies. She earned a juris doctorate at Yale Law School.